Ruling ends confusion over gambler 'S.D.'

June 26, 2008 8:21:38 AM PDT
A victory of sorts for the Florida man who tried to force New Jersey regulators to say he's not the same man who wants off the lifetime gambling ban list. The court refused San DiGiralomo's request to reveal the name of "S.D." But the court says DiGiralomo is "not the subject of the opinion," meaning he's not the problem gambler who placed himself on New Jersey's self-exclusion list for life.

The list is designed to help compulsive gamblers who can't help themselves. Problem gamblers are denied entrance to casinos for the duration of their time on the list, even if they later change their minds.

DiGiralomo once opted for a one-year ban in 2003 and is no longer excluded.

He claimed the suspicion that he is "S.D." hurt him personally and professionally.

The court says the real S.D. is a Delaware resident.